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Apple Offers $110 Leopard Rebate for Early Mac Buyers

Mac OS X Leopard
Daniel Eran Dilger
In a move that echoed the $100 iPhone rebate that Apple extended to early adopters who bought the phone in June and July, the company has announced that it will be giving those who bought a new Mac this month a $110 $120 rebate on the price of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, which will ship October 26, 2007.

The rebate applies to all new Macs, but not certain refurbished discount models or the Apple TV, which while technically being a Mac, lacks the ability for users to install their own operating system. Apple lists qualifying models on its website.

Apple – Mac OS X Leopard – Up-to-Date – Qualifying Computers

Qualified users can request the rebate as part of Apple’s Up to Date program. With the $110 $120 rebate, the Leopard product is $9.95.

Amazon Rebate with Parallels.
Leopard is also available for preorder from Amazon for $109. It is currently offering other discounts for users when they buy Leopard along with iWork, iLife, Fusion or Parallels, and other companion products.

Leopard Preorder- Amazon

Education Pricing.
Apple is also offering Leopard to students and faculty at discounted price of $69.

Leopard’s “300” Features.
Apple’s standard $129 pricing of Leopard covers the entire range of advertised new features, which Apple describes as “300 + New Features.” With this release, Apple actually outlined what those 300 new features are. The listing is actually quite conservative.

Apple – Mac OS X Leopard – Features – 300+ New Features

Leopard vs Vista.

In contrast, Microsoft has leveraged its monopoly grip over PC makers by floating out minimalist versions of Windows Vista, hoping that PC users will upgrade to the Home Premium or Ultimate editions of Vista for hundreds of dollars more.

What about PC users who don’t want Windows Vista? Dell asked users to pay an extra $45 to replace Windows Vista Home with Windows XP Home on its new PCs!

Upgrade Pricing?
Windows Enthusiast bloggers celebrate Microsoft’s “upgrade” pricing, which discounts new retail prices for users who already have Windows. However, the upgrade price for Home Premium, Business, and Ultimate editions of Vista are more than Apple’s standard price for Leopard.

The Windows Vista Home Premium upgrade costs $160 from Amazon, while the Vista Ultimate Upgrade costs $250, nearly double the full price of Leopard. The standard retail price for Ultimate is $399, with Amazon offering it for a discounted price of $329, over three times its price for the comparable Leopard edition from Apple.

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  • jedharrison

    i’m pretty sure the education discount on leopard is $119, not $69.

    there goes my entire iphone credit =(

  • elppa

    Hi Dan,

    I was most surprised at the emphasis on security. Apple is really not resting on its laurels and tightening up in this area with Sandboxing, Signed Applications and Application-Based Firewall amongst others.

    Listing the 300 new features was a really smart idea. My memory may be playing tricks but I make that nearly twice as many new features as Cupertino have claimed for previous releases?

    Reading through makes you realise just how much improvements in little areas can all add up to greatly improve and simplify the overall experience.

    There were things I just hadn’t picked up (despite trying to read as much as possible), like new capabilities of the spring loaded Dock and some things I’d forgotten about, like “Watch Me Do”in Automater and the Spotlight Search for menu items via the help menu.

    One last thing — can you shed any colour on how “Scroll Non-Active Windows” will work.

    This is the description on Apple’s site:
    Scroll any open window, even if it’s not active. Simply position your mouse over the target window and scroll.

    From what I understand of that, it sounds like a mighty-mouse/two fingered trackpad feature only?

    I think Bertrand Serlet and the team have done a real solid job which will keep up the incredible momentum of the platform for the next two-three years.

    Now I can’t wait until Friday week.

  • http://www.menk.com/ menk

    So how soon before some lame lawyer sues Apple for offering a rebate? I am looking forward to getting my hands on Leopard. I am not a launch party type of guy but will have a family pack on day 1.

  • gus2000

    I think I’m going to hold out for “Leopard 2000 XL Pro Home and Office Extreme Multimedia Premium 64-Bit Edition 1.1 Upgrade, Service Pack 2 (multi-core enabled)”.

  • http://www.benmcgann-is-a-geek.com boriscleto

    $69 for education? The Apple Education Store says $116.

  • nat

    First time posting here, but I’ve been a reader for a while now. Missing the old RDM, but what can you do…

    Anyway, I’m not sure the student discount is $69 anymore. While I see that price when I go through my local university’s site, I think it may be outdated or there’s a problem.

    If you go to the normal retail online Apple Store and then use their Education links and pick your school from there, it lists Leopard at $116. I can be more specific if necessary.

    I’m really hoping I can still snag Leopard for $69 at the MU bookstore, but I’m guessing in a few days the site will be “fixed” and the price fixed at $116.

    Looking forward to upcoming articles. I’d like to hear your thoughts, Daniel, on the new Zune and accompanying Marketplace or whatever it’s called as it now has quite a bit of DRM-free music. I’m guessing Apple has more DRM-free music, they simply aren’t grandstanding like M$ does before their products/services even hit the market.

  • nat

    Oh, meant to ask…though this is off-topic…what you think of Radiohead’s selling of their In Rainbows album for essentially nothing and how that will affect the big music labels and the iTunes Store.

  • http://naturesmostperfectfood.blogspot.com marklark

    The $69 version is available if you can purchase FOR university use. You are asked for a Proposal and for a PCard (university-attached credit card).

    $116 for personal use of university affiliated persons, home schoolers, etc.

  • James

    “So how soon before some lame lawyer sues Apple for offering a rebate?”

    This is unlikely to happen. Apple have made low or no cost upgrades available to very recent purchasers of Apple hardware for the launches of all previous versions of OSX going back to Jaguar at least, as they should and indeed must do. Otherwise hardware sales prior to launch would just freeze which would be in nobody’s interest.

  • sebastianlewis


    Apple will be sued because that’s just evil! How dare they offer a rebate to people who bought a Mac after October first! How dare they do something nice for their customers! How dare they make a punching bag out of Microsoft and friends!

    I don’t know what to tell you except that you’re wrong. I’m gonna go find my lawyer because I bought a Macbook in November 2006 and I want a rebate too! Let’s see… a $119 rebate… I’ll sue for 2 million and attorney’s fees!


  • http://homepage.mac.com/johnnyapple johnnyapple

    Sebastian, if you need cheap representation, I once read a few paragraphs in a law book. I think I’m up to the task ;-)

  • nat

    elppa posted:
    “One last thing — can you shed any colour on how “Scroll Non-Active Windows” will work.”

    elppa, I think I can answer this one. If you already know this, obviously I’m not trying to insult your intelligence.

    As you probably know, in Tiger, when you have multiple Finder windows open, one will be active, a.k.a. it’s the frontmost window. The non-active window can be scrolled through while viewing the active window so the user doesn’t have to make the non-active window active. It’s really nice for dragging and dropping multiple documents from one folder to another.

    If that didn’t make sense, just open two Finder windows that have scroll bars and try it yourself.

    This is a new, or at least improved feature, because in Tiger right now, only the Finder, iTunes and a few other apps do this. What I wonder is if Apple means this will work for windows within a running application, or if it will work across different apps so I could be in iTunes and scroll Safari windows.

    Also, a tip: hold command and click-hold on any non-active window. This allows you to move the window without changing apps.

  • punkassjim

    It’s been confirmed in several places (that I’ve seen) that educational pricing will indeed be $69 when you show a valid ID (whether at your local college store, or at an Apple retail store). The online pricing is just because they can’t check your credentials online. You pay an only-slightly-discounted price because you’re paying for convenience (and I’m sure they know they’ve been screwed over by liars plenty of times in the past).

    And Daniel, not sure if you knew this, but the Mac Up-To-Date program is ancient. Implying that this is in any way related to the iPhone $100 “early-adopter” credit is completely erronious.